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Welcome to  the website of the Press Council of Ireland and  Office of the Press Ombudsman. 


Established in 2008, we consider complaints about newspapers (print and online), magazines and online-only news publications - view our full list of member publications.

We are independent of government and the press.

There is no charge for making complaints.

The standards our members commit to can be found in the Code of Practice of the Press Council.

We cannot consider complaints about publications that are not members of the Press Council of Ireland, third-party comments posted below online articles, broadcasting, advertising, defamation or copyright.  Neither can we consider complaints about social media such as Facebook or Twitter, unless the Facebook or Twitter account is operated by a member publication of the Press Council and the publication has editorial oversight.

We also promote press freedom and the right to freedom of expression.

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Recent Decisions and News

734/2021 - Trans Writers Union and the Sunday Independent

The Press Ombudsman has decided not to uphold a complaint made by the Trans Writers Union that the Sunday Independent breached Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy), Principle 2 (Distinguishing Fact and Comment), Principle 4 (Respect for Rights) and Principle 8 (Prejudice) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland. Read on

660/2021 - Tuam Mother and Baby Home Alliance and the Sunday Independent

The Press Ombudsman has not upheld a complaint made by Ms Breeda Murphy on behalf of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home Alliance that the Sunday Independent breached Principle 2 (Distinguishing Fact and Comment), Principle 4 (Respect for Rights), Principle 5 (Privacy) and Principle 9 (Children) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland. Read on

733/2021 - Ms Catherine Kerins and the Irish Independent

The Press Ombudsman has not upheld a complaint made by Ms Catherine Kerins that the Irish Independent breached Principle 4 (Respect for Rights) and Principle 9 (Children) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland. Read on